BUSAN, South Korea (NNS) -- USS Ohio (SSGN 726), the U.S. Navy's newly converted guided-missile submarine, arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Feb. 20 for a scheduled port visit.
"The Korean-American relationship is very important, and visiting Busan gives us the opportunity to strengthen that relationship," said Capt. Andy Hale, commanding officer, Ohio. "My crew and I are looking forward to experiencing the exciting culture of this great Korean city.
"This is Ohio's first visit to a port outside U.S. territorial waters," Hale added. "Our visit to this city serves as an example of the positive relationship that exists between the U.S. and ROK, as well as emphasizing our shared dedication to supporting regional stability."
While underway, Ohio will participate in Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle, an annual combined/joint exercise involving forces from both the U.S. and Republic of Korea. The exercise provides training to further enhance interoperability and combat readiness, while demonstrating both countries' commitment to the ROK/U.S. alliance.
"The Republic of Korea is one of our closest allies in the Pacific, and this friendship is a key element of peace and stability in the region," said Hale.
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